Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Outdoor Fireplace

A source of heat, comfort, a warming companion for dark nights and the center of attention in any setting.

No this isn't your spouse, it's an outdoor fireplace.

Fireplaces have gone a long way since the times of rock circles filled in with twigs in the shape of a tepee. Now you can get one in any shape or form that can be lite by any fuel available from electric to gas to natural wood. The exquisiteness of an outdoor fireplace can light up any backyard occasion.

Think about how when your camping all the action seems to happen around the fire. The effect is real and the product is available. But you have to consider some important points when purchasing or installing an outdoor fireplace. In this guide I'll show you the most important features to consider about your next fireplace.

While there are many different types of fireplaces the two major ones are fueled by either gas or wood. Gas fireplaces usually have a button or knob which will ignite the fireplace. This insures that you can always be prepared to start a fire at any time. Also there is no smoke that is produced so your guests may sit anywhere they wish.

Wood fireplaces on the other hand produce smoke and smell. They have to be maintained and take longer to start. However, you get a more authentic feel with the wood as you'll be making a fire just like your ancient ancestors once did in the woods.

The outdoor fireplaces are made from a variety of different materials. The most popular being clay, cast iron and cast aluminum. Clay is light, does not get very hot, requires very little assembly and comes in many different styles. On the downside, it's not very durable compared to it's counterparts, it wont last as long as the counterparts and due to it's composition will be effected by the weather slightly and may require more cleaning.

Cast Iron is durable and as such it'll last a very long time. But it's very heavy, requires assembly, gets very hot and the amount of models to choose from is not as extensive as clay fireplaces. Cast aluminum has the same properties as cast iron but requires less maintenance and is lighter.

As for the prices of these fireplaces, they're quite reasonable with models going from 150$ to 400$ however some more elaborate models can run you upwards in the thousands of dollars. It all depends on the style you wish.

In the end you'll be buying a object that will lighten your home, bring an ambiance of peace to your colleagues, be the center of attention and will warm you when you feel cold. You just can't lose with an outdoor fireplace!

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